BIOGRAPHY AndreaTofanelli, Trumpet

Andrea was born in Viareggio (Lucca, Italy) on July 26, 1965 and  began to study music and trumpet in 1976 in the wind ensemble of  his village with some musicians close to Dean Benedetti, the famous  italo - american jazz saxophonist mentioned in all official Charlie  Parker biographies. In 1979, at the age of 14, Andrea started  working with some local semi - professional big bands and  commercial music groups, and in 1984 he began performing  professionally in the classic al music field, while simultaneously  attending the Conservatory at the "Istituto Musicale Pareggiato L.  Boccherini" in Lucca (Italy). In 1987 Andrea finished his  Conservatory studies with the highest marks, graduating cum laude.  That same year he studied w ith Armando Ghitalla (soloist trumpet  with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and teacher at the University  of Michigan) and started his first jazz studies with O. Valdambrini and S. Fanni, trumpet  soloists of the RAI national network Big Bands in Rome and Milan.

 

In the jazz music field, Andrea has performed with great jazz musicians like Maynard  Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band (in Italy, London and United States  2000/03/05/06), Randy Brecker and Claudio Roditi (Luxemburg Trumpet Summit 2007),  Peter Erski ne (1996 Italian Tour), Kenny Wheeler, Denis DiBlasio, Tom Harrell, Paul  Jeffrey, Dave Liebman, Dusko Gojkovich, Carl Anderson, Lee Konitz, Frank Foster, Till  Brönner, New York Voices, John Taylor, Palle Daniellson, Valery Ponomarev, Lew Soloff,  Ernie Hamm es, Wayne Bergeron, Roger Ingram, Eric Miyashiro, Carl Fischer, Reggie  Watkins, Lew Soloff, Walter White, Jon Crosse, Craig Woods, Jim McFalls and George  Rabbai and many others.

 

On September 20th, 2006, he has been invited to perform as soloist at the “Ma ynard  Ferguson Tribute” at the Touhill Performing Arts Centre in St. Louis (USA). Moreover,  Andrea has been invited performing as soloist at the 2008 and 2010 International  Trumpet Guild in Canada and Australia. In 2008 he received the Visa O - 1 for  Extraor dinary Ability in the Arts for working in the USA from the American Government.

 

Andrea recorded several solo CDs and as a session player, he has recorded more than  200 albums from Pop through to Jazz. He also frequently performs on TV Shows,  Soundtracks a nd TV Commercials.

 

Starting from 2006 he collaborates with the Paul Anka orchestra, both in Europe  (European Tours 2007 and 2008) and in the USA.

 

In Italy, Andrea has accompanied many famous artists from all over the world including  big names such as George Michael ("Pavarotti & Friends for Cambodia and Tibet 2000,"  released on video and CD by Decca), Burt Bacharach, Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, Michael  Bublè, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gloria Gaynor, Carl Anderson, Randy Crawford, Amy  Stewart, Donna Summer, Matt Bia nco, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, The Gibson Brothers,  Samantha Fox, Imagination, Patrick Hernandez, Tony Hadley, Paul Young and Petula  Clark.

 

In the classical music field, in 1988 Andrea won the national auditions for the Italian Youth  Orchestra as well as the "Teatro Comunale del Giglio" of Lucca, and he was selected as a  finalist in Rome for the ECYO (European Community Youth Orchestra). In 1989/90 he  fulfilled his military compulsory service playing in the Italian Air Force Band in Rome. He  still collabo rates with some prestigious Italian symphonic orchestras such as the “Orchestra  Regionale Toscana”, the “Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Emilia - Romagna A. Toscanini”, the  “Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Regio di Torino”, the “EUR Spettacoli” and the  “Orchestra  da Camera Lucchese.”

 

From jazz, though classical to pop music, Andrea has performed all over the world.

 

As a teacher, Andrea teaches trumpet and jazz improvisation at the "Istituto Superiore di  Studi Musicali "O.Vecchi  - A.Tonelli" in Modena, Italy. He w as also an assistant at  Maynard Ferguson's seminar during the Vicenza Jazz Festival 2003. As international jazz  and trumpet educator, Andrea gives master classes and seminars all over Europe and the  United States and appears in Clint "Pops" McLaughlin’s bo ok "Embouchure  - The Pros Talk"  and for an instructional video on trumpet playing.

 

Since 2000 he is also the Artistic Director of the "Dean Benedetti Jazz Festival" in Torre del Lago Puccini.

 

Andrea Tofanelli is a YAMAHA artist and clinician

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